I have an order for next Friday for an 80 cc cupcake cake in the shape of an artist's pallette............that's gonna be huge huh?
Also have to make 34 dozen mini cupcakes to go with it (just iced, no biggie)
Anyhow........I want the palette to look nice and nicely arranged, not like those crazy cupcake cakes I see on cake wrecks!
First I've never done one, second...not sure how to arrange them without having the cupcakes and I want to be MORE prepared than that and have a plan set out.
I remember Doug making a cupcake cake form for someone before with the circles that were 2" in diameter (what a standard cc is)...but I can't find it to figure out how he did it!!
Any help would be very much appreciated!
Also...........what do you think is the most recognizable shape of a palette???/
When I make a cupcake cake, i arrange them as a square, something like this:
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
very close together, and then put the drawing on top, if I'd try to make the cake in a shape, it's not always posible with the number of cupcakes asked for.
For an 80 cupcake cake, I usually arrange 9x9 minus one.
I arrange them as close to the exact shape as I can get.
I'd take a large piece of paper--newsprint, if you have it, or even just several sheets of newspaper taped together--and set out the 80 cupcake papers in the shape. Trace around the shape and you have a pattern. Decide on how much larger you need your board to be and use the pattern to cut the board. Transfer the CCC pattern to the board with a skewer or something that won't be easily seen on the bottom board once the CCC is finished.
Bake & cool the cupcakes. Put a scapbooking glue dot on the bottom and place each one down. Ice the entire top smooth, like a sheet cake, and decorate.
Does this help?
11 cupcakes across at the widest part, means that the CCC will be 22 inches across at the minimum.
Placing the cupcakes at an offset in alternate lines, makes it more stable and you will be able to use less icing for the top surface.
Of course, you could always use less cupcakes at the widest part, and then place the extra cupcakes around the CCC, coloured in flat coloured icing to represent pots of paint.
Well done, Karen!
Here's Doug post with template:
Additional ccc templates:
Karen that helps immensely!!!! I don't even care if there are a few extra cupcakes (I'll stick them in a cupcake container and hand it to them lol)
I just really want it to look nice. I'm charging them a lot of money (well, considering how much it's costing me in supplies to make) and I want it to look really nice.........especially since it could mean a lot more BIG orders for me (and I live in a really small town and PEOPLE talk..........which is why I'm so busy!)
I just realised that I've assumed that you are going with the first pic.
If you prefer to go with either of the other shapes, I can do the template for you. Just let me know. It takes just ten minutes to do.
I am glad it was useful!
I think I personally liked the first one anyhow! lol And it received the most votes so i'm guessing that IS the most widely recognized shape!
Thank you, I printed it out and will be trying to lay out cupcake wrappers to figure out my board size. This thing is going to be huge huh??
I was hoping to fine a way to fit it in a full sheet box, but I'm not sure if that will work now! 80 cupcakes is a lot for a cupcake cake!
I tried the shape with less cupcakes, with 60. It looks ok to me.
That would mean that a decrease of at least 4 inches in the width you need.
You mentioned "full sheet box". What are the dimensions of that box? I have no idea at all!
I think it's like 18"x25"
I got Doug's template with all the circles and he says to "enlarge it to 18"x26" and then put your photo overtop but I have no idea how to enlarge it to that LOL so I guess my stupidity made it worthless to me